Skiing and snowboarding may be a bit sparse at Virginia's The Homestead Resort prior to Christmas, but the resort is decked out for the holidays in fine style. Just checking out the southern Grand Dame hotel for a January ski or snowboard vacation is worth at least a midweek visit through Dec. 22 when different parts of the resort are transformed with thousands of lights and holiday decorations into Candy Cane and Reindeer Lanes, a Victorian Village, and Toyland.    

The midweek room package of $99 per night per room is offered Dec. 13 - 17 or Dec. 21 - 22. A short stay provides a sneak preview of what skiers and snowboarders can expect during the heart of the season that spans Jan. 3 - March 14, 2010.

Those willing to splurge a bit for a pre-Christmas treat can take advantage of the Lights and Ice package priced at $249 now through Dec. 22. It includes overnight accommodations for two, a holiday lights show, ice skating, hayrides, bowling, and a history tour of the area. Additional adults and children over six years old in the same room cost $50 extra. Weekend lift tickets cost $45 for guests. Weather in the early part of the season determines whether or not snow will cover the resort's 45 acres of terrain as it is primarily dependent on snowmaking.   

The Ski Free package starts Jan. 3 and costs $199 for overnight accommodations and lift tickets for two people. Additional adults and children over six pay an additional $10 per night in the same room. The Winter Unlimited Package costs $269 for double occupancy accommodations, skiing snowboarding, ice skating, hayrides, bowling, horse back riding and history tours.  Additional adults or children pay $50 each.

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